Nose Too Small and Nostrils Too Big After Rhinoplasty. Is it Swelling? When Will it go Down? (photo)

9 days post-op, my nose looks too small & my nostrils too big. If once the swelling goes down i have sharp defined lines, i may just about be okay, but pre-op my nose was large with thick skin. He also broke the bone & i have swelling between the eyes, which makes my nose look much worse. In the photos the size looks okay, but in life beyond the nostrils it very small & the tip is lifted/piggish. Will my nose shrink to bring definition? How long before the swelling between the eyes goes down?

Doctor Answers (10)

Nose Dimensions After Rhinoplasty


Dear M27,


Thank you for uploading your photographs.

At 9 days post op, it is too early to judge your results. Not until 5-7 months that you would be at 70-80% recovered on average (but every patient is different).

You have to be a little more patient and make sure you do not expose your nose to any risky situation resulting in a possible trauma.


Thank you for your inquiry and best of wishes to you.

Dr. Sajjadian

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 133 reviews



Having the procedure only nine days ago would be indicative to swelling. It will take time for the swelling to dissipate over the next several months. I would wait at least 8-12 months before really critiquing it.

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Results 9 Days After a Rhinoplasty


Three things.

1. As everyone else has said, nine days after a rhinoplasty is nothing. Be patient. This is a 6-12 month proccess. Time is your friend.

2. Even though it is a 6-12 month process you will be surprised how much better you will look in the next few weeks.

3. A good result is all about perspective. Its not just what the nose looks like, but how it looks against the other features on your face. Swelling completely obscures the relationship of the nose with the rest of your features and as the swelling decreases the nose will start to "fit" better on your face.Hang in there, it's going to get better.

Michael R. Menachof, MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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You are NINE DAYS out from your rhinoplasty.  Give it a rest.  Keep your head elevated and trust the process.  You have thicker soft tissues and they act like a sponge.  The swelling will go down slowly.  Nobody can tell you how fast.  Trust the process.

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